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Overview - A Global City

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The waves crashing over NT shores are the same that children surf on in Indonesia, that catamarans roll upon in Malaysia, and the lifeblood of fishermen in Timor-Leste. A global focus is second nature to a capital city in such a unique location.

As the closest Australian capital city to the rapidly developing region to our north, Darwin is often referred to as the Gateway to Asia. Our city is the social, cultural and economic heart of the Northern Territory. As Australia's Northern Region continues to integrate further into Asian markets, Darwin is well-positioned to enhance the strategic economic link between global supply chains and trade to drive Australia's future.

We develop culturally rich relationships with our close neighbours and also gather friendships throughout the world as countries become increasingly connected by trade, travel and personal ties.

Our sister city program is another important component of Darwin's international relations. The purpose of this program is to foster and develop international relationships with Sister Cities and promote international understanding through education, cultural exchanges and community development activities that benefit the community.

Darwin is a tourism capital of outback Australia, providing a range of experiences for everyone - from the thrifty backpacker to those after a luxury experience. In times of lower exchange rates, high levels of international visitation tends to offset the slower growth in the business and household sectors.

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